From the Editor

by Susan Weidman Schneider

Usually I’m a curmudgeonly person who complains that this or that aspect of every experience (or every issue of this magazine, for that matter) could have been done differently, by which I always mean better. But our daughter Yael’s bat mitzvah, which we marked in Israel this past July, met all my expectations—and hers too, I hope. The celebration included an aliyah near the Wall, an aliyah at Shabbat services in synagogue and a hike through ancient pastures. It’s Part One that I’ll share with you here.

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